Sourwood Tree

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Latin Name- Oxydendron Arboreum Hardy Planting Zone-5-9 Mature Height- 25-30 ft Width-20' ft Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun
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Sourwood - Oxydendrum arboretum

This medium-sized ornamental tree produces midsummer flowers that are highly fragrant and similar to lily-of-the-valley. It can grow to a height of 25 to 30 feet. The Sourwood Tree grows best in acidic, well-drained, sandy and clay soils. It has some drought tolerance. In fall its leaves turn crimson, purple-red, and sometimes yellow. Bees use it to produce delicious honey valued by consumers. Sourwood shines in the summer and fall. The sourwood is native to eastern North America and can be found from southern Pennsylvania down to northwest Florida. Its midsummer flowers are highly fragrant, contrasting nicely against the green foliage. Fall creates a beautiful spectacle as the leaves turn shades of crimson, purplish-red, and sometimes yellow.

The sourwood is a shining specimen in landscaping, whether it's as part of a lawn, featured in a beautiful garden, or growing as an additional ornament to more massive trees. It has a medium growth rate and sees height increases of 13 to 24 inches per year. It has shallow roots and grows best when there is little root competition. Full sun is the ideal condition for the sourwood, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. The tree requires acidic soils for successful growth, and its preference is for regular moisture, but it has some drought resistance.

The sourwood tree is in bloom from June to early July and features leaves that are dark green and have a length ranging from 4 to 8 inches. If planted at the right site the tree can live 100-200 years. It yields fruit with an oval shape and is also used by bees to make highly desired honey. This means honey lovers can rejoice as the sourwood produces honey that is unmatched. The "sourwood" name comes from the firm, sour taste of its leaves. These same leaves are used to provide a thirst-quenching tea consumed by mountain climbers.

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